CHOM News

Where Learning & Play Go Hand In Hand.

From the CHOM President: April 2019

CHOM is a hand’s-on, play-based children’s museum located in Freeport, IL. With 15 interactive exhibits, CHOM is an ideal destination for family and school visits, and birthday parties too. CHOM is a nonprofit organization and opened it’s doors on March 22, 2019....

CHOM Needs Your Help!

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois in serving the children and adults of our region. CHOM has adult and youth volunteer opportunities that accommodate a wide variety of interests and availabilities.

Grand Opening: March 22, 2109!

You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of the Children’s Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois on Friday, March 22, 2019 at noon at Lincoln Mall, 1237 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport. The CHOM board is thrilled to be able to open a premier children’s museum for our area...

Donation from Golden K

The Golden K Kiwanis presented a $1,000 donation to the Children's Hands-On Museum (CHOM) of Northwest Illinois. Shown below (left to right) are Mike Reichert (VP Golden K Kiwanis), Gwynne French (Public Relations CHOM), Shirley Jordan (VP CHOM), Susan Walt (Treasurer...

Buy Your Tickets Today For Our Second Annual Frosty Ball

Children’s Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois is hosting its Second Annual Frosty Ball at Grand River Hall on January 26, 2019. Gathering hour for this formal event is 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 7:00 followed by music and dancing. The dessert bar is not to be missed. A...

Kiwanis Sponsor Music Exhibit

The Children's Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois is thrilled to receive an award from the Lincoln-Douglas Kiwanis for sponsorship of the music exhibit in their museum. The music room will include new instruments as well as exploration of sound from various avenues of...

Met Life Provides Painters

Volunteers from MetLife came over several days to paint at CHOM. We are almost done, except for new walls that need to be plastered. This area is so blessed with MetLife back in full force in Freeport!

Northwest Illinois Audubon Donates Panels

Check out the latest donation we received from the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. These are the paneled “Our Changing Woodlands” murals from the old Oakdale Nature Center. Slight restoration will be done before the installation is complete. Juliet Moderow,...

New Permanent Location Coming Early 2019!

On October 27, CHOM received the keys for a new, permanent location at Lincoln Mall in Freeport. Way back in the day these locations were Stone’s Hallmark and Payless Shoes. Renovations have already begun, including cutting a hole in the wall to join the two store...